GREEN BAY - School is back in session.
But for parents not able to pick up their children when the final bell rings, organizations like the YMCA are stepping in to help.
“We are gearing up, making sure we're accounting for everybody. It's an exciting day,” said Connie Bykoski, the director of school aged care at the west side YMCA in Green Bay.
YMCA staffers say they provide a structured after school programs for children at 19 different locations throughout the greater Green Bay area.
For around $120 a month, staff says programming gives parents peace of mind.
“From art projects to gym games, there's time for homework as well. Outside time, we just want to make sure everybody's having a good time and in a safe environment,” said Bykoski.
Many of the Y after-school sites are at a school or across the street from a school like this one. But those are starting to fill up, and parents are looking elsewhere, like the Kroc Center, for off-site after school options.
“It's completely free other than the cost of the family membership. It's available Monday through Friday children can come in after school and we'll take care of them until 6 o'clock,” said John Manser, the director of operations for the Kroc Center.
The programs at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center are free, but will cost families a $52 a month membership.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Green Bay says it offers a more affordable option at its two clubhouse sites, and several school sites.
“The cost is simply a Boys and Girls Club membership which is $10 a year. So, for $10 a year they get a meal every night, they get academic enrichment, they get homework help, as well as all the other programs that we offer,” said Mary Sue Lavin, Boys and Girls Clubs of Green Bay.
The Boys and Girls Clubs programs start at the school sites on September 9th.
While the after school programs are getting underway now, organizations say families can still join up as the need arises.
Organizations say if parents are still looking for after school programs, they should check with their child’s school.
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